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     Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service

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Media Release

Ambassador Tabunakawai Presents Credentials to Timor Leste President

 hc tabuanakawai presenting his speech

9th July 2011, Suva: On 21st June Fiji's Ambassador to Timor-Leste, His Excellency Niumaia Tabunakawai, officially handed over his Credential letter to President Ramos Horta at the Presidential Palace of Nicolau Lobato in Aitaraklaran, Dili.

Ambassador Taabunakawai's remarks are as follows:

"Your Excellency,

I have the honour to present the letter of credence by his Excellency the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, from the Republic of Fiji to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, appointing me as the Ambassador of Fiji to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.

I also have the honour to present the letters of recall of my predecessor.

With the presentation of my credentials, I have the great pleasure to convey to you Sir and the Government and people of Timor-Leste, the very warm greetings and sincere good wishes of the President, for your continued well-being and prosperity.

The Republic of Fiji and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste have had strong association through our servicemen and the Government of Fiji who were part of the United Nations Transitional Authority here in Timor-Leste, from its inception and as well as other organizations, until today.

We share many things in common, our geographical locations, our sea rights, our land and people. We have now established diplomatic ties and co-operation between our countries both on bilateral level and through existing multilateral and regional mechanisms.

Fiji is grateful to your government and your people for your understanding and support during this transitional period our nation is currently undergoing. Fiji is embarking on a programme of reforms to return to sustainable democracy and good governance. We are heartened by your support and those of our brothers in the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Sir, Fiji now has in place the Roadmap for Democracy and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development 2009-2014. The Roadmap now forms the basis of Fiji's engagement with development partners. It sets the foundation for the adoption by 2014, of a sustainable form of democracy that is responsive to the development needs of the people of Fiji. To fulfill our leadership role to our people, we experience similar challenges to nation building, institution and capacity building and share the same vision of peace, eradicating poverty, empowering the poor and gender balance. We both are looking for a home-grown solution that will bring long-lasting peace, stability and prosperity.

I look forward to working closely with your Government in the continuing effort to further improve and enhance the very friendly and close relationship between Fiji and Timor-Leste. This friendly association has been further strengthened with the granting of the Observer status in the MSG to Timor-Leste.

Your Excellency, it is now my privilege and indeed an honour to present to you, my Letter of Credence as well as the Letter of Recall of my predecessor."

Following Ambassador Tabunakawai's speech President Ramos Horta expressed support for Fiji Fiji's Roadmap and the country's search for home-grown solution to our problems. He said that similarly, Timor-Leste is in search of its own solution to resolve its problems.

The official report from the Timor Leste Government on the Presentation states as follows:

"Fiji Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Niumaia Tabunakawai, yesterday officially handed over the Credential letter to President Ramos Horta at the Presidential Palace of Nicolau Lobato in Aitaraklaran, Dili. President Ramos Horta pleased with the will of Fiji Government for setting up their embassy in Timor-Leste. He added that door of Timor-Leste is opening for all the countries who has a will to set up their embassy in the country. "I hope that Timor-Leste and Fiji can be a good partner in the Asia Pacific region, in order to create cooperation in multiple areas for bringing development into the both countries," Horta said. President Horta also thanked Fiji as they had taken part in the United Nations Peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste and also providing scholarship to the Timorese students to continue their study in Fiji."

(Photo caption: Ambassador Tabuanakawai accompanied by Mrs Ofa Tabunakawai presenting his speech)

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Presentation of Credentials

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Receiving gift from President Ramos Horta

 receiving gift

Receiving gift from President Ramos Horta